Mini-IRENE, a successful re-entry flight of a deployable heatshield capsule
Stefano Mungiguerra, Raffaele Savino, Paolo Vernillo, Luca Ferracina, Francesco Punzo, Roberto Gardi, Maurizio Ruggiero, Renato Aurigemma, Pasquale Dell’Aversana, Luciano Gramiccia, Samantha Ianelli, Giovanni D’Aniello, Marta Albanodownload PDF
Abstract. This paper presents some of the results of the suborbital flight of the Mini-IRENE Flight Experiment (MIFE), flight demonstrator of the IRENE technology. A capsule equipped with a deployable heat shield was successfully launched with a VSB-30 suborbital rocket, achieving an apogee of 260 km, a peak deceleration of 12g and surviving the landing with successful retrieval. A huge set of telemetry data was acquired, including GPS, attitude, temperature, acceleration measurements. The capsule showed aerodynamic stability at all flight regimes. The derived drag coefficient was different from the predicted one, possibly due to flexible aero-brake deformation.
Deployable Capsule, Sub-Orbital Flight, Flight Data, Aero-Thermo-Dynamic Loads
Published online 11/1/2023, 4 pages
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Citation: Stefano Mungiguerra, Raffaele Savino, Paolo Vernillo, Luca Ferracina, Francesco Punzo, Roberto Gardi, Maurizio Ruggiero, Renato Aurigemma, Pasquale Dell’Aversana, Luciano Gramiccia, Samantha Ianelli, Giovanni D’Aniello, Marta Albano, Mini-IRENE, a successful re-entry flight of a deployable heatshield capsule, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 530-533, 2023
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